Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) recognized Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce for her work on establishing a public retirement system, cleaning up Vermont’s waterways, and addressing the impacts of climate change through state investments.
Pearce, a Democrat, was appointed to the position of Treasurer in 2011. She has more than 40 years of experience in government finance at both the state and local levels.
“The successes of the Treasurer’s Office are due to the collaborative partnerships we’ve forged by bringing stakeholders to the table,” said Treasurer Pearce. “Whether on issues concerning the environment and the health of our waterways, investing dollars and buying locally, or expanding retirement security, Vermont succeeds when we work together to achieve common goals.”
VBSR has worked successfully and collaboratively with Pearce over the last several years on several top policy issues. This includes supporting legislation that she championed in 2017 to establish a public retirement system in Vermont and her work the previous year to study and recommend financing options to clean up Vermont’s polluted lakes and rivers. VBSR also worked with Pearce to review the state’s pension investments and determine how the state can use that leverage to boost corporate responsibility on climate change issues.
“Her work is far more than just managing state funds,” said Russ Bennett, the owner of Northland Design and Construction in Waitsfield and a member of VBSR’s Board of Directors. “Treasurer Pearce has successfully used the power of her office to advance common sense solutions for some of the top issues facing the state of Vermont. Quite frankly, we could use more elected officials like Beth Pearce.”